Robert Griffin III has not signed his rookie contract yet and he may not do so for a few months. However, there is no need to worry about a repeat of Heath Shulers holdout in 1994, a dispute that dragged well into training camp and got his career off on wrong foot.The CBA signed last summer makes negotiations a formality. Griffin will get a four-year, 21 million contract with about 14 million guaranteed. There can be no haggling about performance incentives or voidable years and the deal cant be renegotiated until three seasons into it.Griffin will be under the Redskins control for five seasons if the team chooses. If the team exercises an option for a fifth year Griffin, as a top 10 pick, will get a salary equal to the average of the top 10 players at his position.The rest of the drafted players also will get four-year deals for standard, slotted amounts. There are escalator clauses built in to deals for players drafted from the third round on.Two drafted players, Stephen Hill of the Jets and Alshon Jeffrey of the Bears, both receivers taken in the second round, have signed their contracts. It is too early to tell if they will be aberrations or trend setters by signing early. Last year was the first year of this system and the lockout prevented any deal from being signed until just before training camp started.In short, RG3 and the other draft picks could sign any day but dont hold your breath and dont sweat it as the new system makes holdouts a thing of the past.
Ryan Anderson played four seasons for the Alabama Crimson Tide, though his career did not take off until his junior and senior seasons. In those two years, Anderson combined for 14.5 sacks and 30 tackles for loss.
Looking back at his biggest games is a fun excercise to see the 6-foot-2, 253 lbs., linebacker at his best.
- November 14, 2015 - Alabama @ Mississippi State - The Crimson Tide won this road game against Dak Prescott and the Bulldogs, and Anderson was a big part of the win. He registered five tackles along with two sacks and two tackles for loss and recovered a fumble. This marked Anderson's lone two sack game at 'Bama.
- October 8, 2016 - Alabama @ Arkansas - It's hard to remember now as the Tide steamrolled the Hogs, but there was a major upset alert when 'Bama traveled to Arkansas for a nationally televised game. Anderson showed up big time, making nine tackles to go with two tackles for loss and a sack. Nine tackles marked a career high.
- January 9, 2017 - Alabama vs Clemson - Anderson played his best game in the biggest spot. Yes, it was the only loss for Anderson in his final two seasons and it came in the national title game, but he was all over the field. Twice he made tackles for loss to go with one sack and seven total tackles, but he also forced a fumble and recovered two fumbles.
Bonus: Anderson scored one touchdown in his career. It came in the College Football Playoff game against Washington. He grabbed an interception and rumbled 26 yards for the TD. Notice a trend? In big games, Anderson delivers.
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The conference call that Redskins second-round pick Ryan Anderson had with the Washington media shortly after he was drafted got off to a slow start, with the former Crimson Tide linebacker giving short answers to a few questions.
But when he was asked what he would bring to the Redskins on the field, he became animated.
“I'm a play maker, I’m a game changer,” he said, with some emotion coming to his voice. “I'm a good teammate, I'm a good due to have in the locker room. I'm an old school football player, man. I'm not a workout warrior,
“I'm a football player. At the end of the day, that's why it boils down to. See ball, get ball, and strike the man in front of you. That's what I bring to the table.”
If Anderson lives up to his own billing, he could quickly become a fan favorite.